Definition of escort verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



verbVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they escort
BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrt//
he / she / it escorts
BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːts//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrts//
past simple escorted
BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrtɪd//
past participle escorted
BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːtɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrtɪd//
-ing form escorting
BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːtɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrtɪŋ//
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BrE BrE//ɪˈskɔːt//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪˈskɔːrt//
escort somebody (+ adv./prep.) to go with somebody to protect or guard them or to show them the way The President arrived, escorted by twelve soldiers. Guards escorted me back to my cell. The referee was escorted from the pitch by police. Let me escort you home. Synonymstakelead escort drive show walk guide usher directThese words all mean to go with somebody from one place to another.take to go with somebody from one place to another, for example in order to show them something or to show them the way to a place:It’s too far to walk—I’ll take you by car.lead to go with or go in front of somebody in order to show them the way or to make them go in the right direction:Firefighters led the survivors to safety.escort to go with somebody in order to protect or guard them or to show them the way:The president arrived, escorted by twelve bodyguards.drive to take somebody somewhere in a car, taxi, etc:My mother drove us to the airport.show to take somebody to a particular place, in the right direction, or along the correct route:The attendant showed us to our seats.walk to go somewhere with somebody on foot, especially in order to make sure that they get there safely; to take an animal, especially a dog, for a walk or make an animal walk somewhere:He always walked her home. Have you walked the dog yet today?guide to show somebody the way to a place, often by going with them; to show somebody a place that you know well:She guided us through the busy streets. We were guided around the museums.usher (rather formal) to politely take or show somebody where they should go, especially within a building:She ushered her guests to their seats.direct (rather formal) to tell or show somebody how to get somewhere or where to go:A young woman directed them to the station.Patterns to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​show/​walk/​guide/​usher/​direct somebody to/​out of/​into something to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​show/​walk/​guide somebody around/​round to take/​lead/​escort/​drive/​walk somebody home to take/​lead/​escort/​guide somebody to safety to lead/​show the way
Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally denoting a body of armed men escorting travellers): from French escorte (noun), escorter (verb), from Italian scorta, feminine past participle of scorgere ‘to conduct, guide’, based on Latin ex- ‘out of’ + corrigere ‘set right’ (from cor- ‘together’ + regere ‘guide’).Extra examples A local man escorted us to the guest house. Several fans were escorted from the ground. The president arrived, escorted by twelve guards. The prisoners were escorted back to their cells.
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